Warning: Major spoilers ahead for No Time To Die
No Time To Die’s shooting locations continue the established James Bond tradition of filming in exotic and cinematic locations around the world. Director Cary Joji filmed Daniel Craig’s final 007 adventure between April to October 2019, and No Time To Die’s shooting locations make for an impressive send-off. James Bond movies have always had an element of a travelog as part of their formula. When the earlier Sean Connery films were made, commercial air travel was still in its infancy and seen as a novelty and exciting; several of the films would feature shots of Bond’s airplane landing and him walking out of the airport, maximizing the jet-setting motif. The James Bond movies are escapist entertainment that allowed audiences to see parts of the world they might never otherwise have seen.
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Filming a James Bond movie on location is a big deal, and often forever associates that location in the mind of the public with 007. For example, after The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed in Phang Nga Bay on the west coast of Thailand, the area was transformed into a major tourist attraction, with the iconic rocks becoming known as James Bond Island. Sometimes it’s not possible or practical to film in the actual area the story is set, and therefore stand-in locations are used. Often a single sequence can be shot in numerous locations and put together seamlessly.
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Each new film aims to send 007 to a part of the world he hasn’t been to, to expand James Bond’s story, a challenge that increases with each installment. Of course, as well as filming all over the world, James Bond’s cinematic home is Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. Most of the Bond movies have included filming on their soundstages, and No Time To Die’s shooting location list was no different. Producer Cubby Broccoli built the famous 007 Stage at Pinewood especially to house the enormous sets necessary for the Bond movies. Notwithstanding this, there is nothing that compares to location filming. Here is the full list of No Time To Die’s shooting locations, and where each appears in the movie.
Madeleine Swann’s Childhood Home – Langvann, Norway
The first of No Time To Die’s shooting locations, this snowy landscape is used for the flashback scene that opens the film. Langvann, Norway stands in for Madeleine Swann’s childhood home, before the ageless Safin enters, kills her mother, and pursues her onto a frozen lake. Langvann is the name of the lake. Its located in the hills above Nittedal, north of Oslo.
Madeleine And Bond’s Beach Retreat – Spiaggia Cent’Ammari, Italy
Following her near-drowning in the lake in the flashback scene, Madeleine surfaces on a beach in Spiaggia Cent’Ammari in southern Italy. The rocky coastline is very dramatic and Bondian in appearance, making it an excellent addition to No Time To Die’s shooting locations. From here, the couple drives to Matera.
Bond’s Bridge Jump – Gravina, Italy
Gravina was used for the scene where Bond jumps from the aqueduct to escape his pursuers. The Madonna Della Stella Aqueduct stands in for Matera, along with other of No Time To Die’s shooting locations. It’s a Roman two-level bridge, and the geography and surrounding landscape lend themselves perfectly to a death-defying Bond stunt.
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Bond’s Opening Car Chase – Matera, Italy
The incredible pre-title car chase with Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was shot on the streets of Matera. The area is famous for its complex series of ancient cave dwellings carved into the river canyon. The second unit shot the majority of the car chase, while the principal actors arrived later to film scenes around the capital.
Madeleine And Bond’s Breakup – Sapri, Italy
Believing she betrayed him, Bond dumps Madeleine at the train station, closing the longest pre-title sequence in a Bond film. Sapri doubles for the fictional “Civita Lucana” and is one of many No Time to Die shooting locations found in Italy. Footage of Bond’s Aston Martin was also shot around the town.
Bond’s Retirement Home – Jamaica
In No Time To Die, 5 years after the events in Matera, Bond has retired to Jamaica. Jamaica is Bond’s spiritual home, as Ian Fleming wrote the Bond novels here in his house, “GoldenEye.” Dr. No and Live and Let Die were also filmed there. The filmmakers constructed Bond’s retirement beach house on San San Beach in Port Antonio. Other scenes filmed here include his reunion with Felix and meeting the new 007, Nomi. Jamaica also doubles for the exterior Cuba scenes, while the Spectre meeting was a Pinewood set.
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Eager consumers of No Time To Die and other classic James Bond films may know this already, but it’s actually possible today to stay at the very GoldenEye Estate where Fleming wrote his Bond novels and where an ever-active James Bond has often attempted to retire throughout his many movies. GoldenEye is now a luxury resort in Jamaica, and even the Fleming Villa, the very house in which the novels were penned, is available to book as well.
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M16 Headquarters – London, England
Bond finds himself back at MI6 in London, arriving at the UK Ministry of Defence in Horseguard Avenue. A classic Bond film shooting location, the building was last seen in a Bond film in For Your Eyes Only back in 1981. Senate House was used for the M16 reception, while The Mall, Whitehall, and Hammersmith Bridge were used as backdrops for scenes featuring Madeleine, and Bond & M discussing the nanobot virus that the villain Safin plans to unleash as the movie’s McGuffin.
Bond’s Oceanside Car Chase – Atlantic Road, Norway
The impressive Atlanterhavsvegen, or the Atlantic Ocean Road, was used as the start of the Norway car chase that closes the second act of No Time To Die. The elegant road snakes through an archipelago that runs for 8.3km. One of the most impressive of No Time To Die’s shooting locations, the filmmakers use the curves of the road well to build suspense prior to the chase commencing.
Bond’s Oceanside Car Chase – Loch Laggan and the Cairngorms, Scotland
Part of the car chase scene that takes place in Norway during the events of No Time To Die was actually filmed around Loch Laggan in Scotland. In particular, the scene that features a Land Rover flipping and crashing over the top of James Bond’s car. As the chase intensifies with more vehicles and a helicopter, the filming moved to the Cairngorms, Britain’s largest national park. The rest of the Norway footage was shot on the Ardverikie House Estate.
Safin’s Lair – Trøllanes, Faroe Islands
Trøllanes is a village on the island of Kalsoy in the Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago located about halfway between Norway and Iceland. The area doubles for Safin’s lair in No Time To Die, which in the film was an abandoned World War II base on a disputed island between Russia and Japan. Safin’s headquarters on the island were added digitally in post-production, while scenes within it were filmed on sets at Pinewood.
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Madeleine’s Drive – Torre Dei Crivi, Italy
At the end of No Time To Die, Madeleine drives along a winding road with her daughter Mathilde. She starts to tell a story about a man named “Bond, James Bond.” The section of the road is the same one that Bond and Madeleine drive down at the start of the film, between Sapri and Acquafredda, and ends the film on a visual high point.
Any Non-Location Shots – Pinewood Studios
Of course, all of the scenes in No Time To Die that weren’t shot on location were done at Bond’s own Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Due to the tremendous scope of most Bond films, No Time To Die included, the best way to combine breathtaking globetrotting adventures with high production value is to utilize both on-location and studio shooting. Because Pinewood is specifically set up to tackle Bond projects, it’s noteworthy as a significant member of No Time To Die’s shooting locations list.
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